Fiberglass Boats Pose New Recycling Challenge

Rhode Island Sea Grant Director, Dennis Nixon, says that fiberglass boats are posing a new problem as “Abandoned and Derelict Vessels (ADV),” which include a variety of boats from trawlers and barges to sailboats.

sgfb5Nixon has been investigating boat recycling and says: ‘I have learned so far that boat recycling will have to be subsidized in some way or owners will continue to use the cheapest methods possible: abandonment or disposal in landfills.

Disposing these vessels is a real challenge, a chemical engineering challenge, worldwide, says Nixon who will be presenting at the National Working Waterfront Symposium in Tampa this November with the hope of building attention and support to address this issue.

 

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Meredith Haas | Rhode Island Sea Grant Communications